Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I was reminded of Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy's infamous sound byte (used as the title of this article) when I read about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's foot-in-mouth moment during a recent CNBC interview (YouTube Link). Here's what Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."
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RE[2]: Statement defensible
by Bounty on Fri 11th Dec 2009 18:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Statement defensible"
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I think in general, his statement of not doing anything you don't want others to know about is a good practice to live by, as I don't tend to do anything 'behind closed doors and shuttered windows' that I wouldn't want to appear in tomorrow morning's headlines. I don't think the world would want to know that I was jerking off last night while looking at porn, but I don't really care if they know either. If you're on the internet in the middle of the night looking up stuff that you would be ashamed for your mom to know about, then maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place? Just a thought.



What if your mom is very religious and you love her, and want to maintain a relationship with her? Obviously looking at porn isn't against YOUR morals, but it could ruin your relationship with her. Your philosophy only works in certain circumstances, such as you're a loner, you don't really need a job etc.

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RE[3]: Statement defensible
by WorknMan on Fri 11th Dec 2009 19:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Statement defensible"
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2005-11-13

What if your mom is very religious and you love her, and want to maintain a relationship with her? Obviously looking at porn isn't against YOUR morals, but it could ruin your relationship with her.


If it does, then it does. I wouldn't do it in front of her or at HER house, but if it somehow got around to her that I was doing it at MY house and she chose to disown me for it or whatever, then so be it. In other words, I have enough respect for a person not to do certain things in front of them if it offends them, if I can possibly help it, but if they don't have enough respect for *my* values such that they can't/won't let me do my own thing away from them (assuming I wasn't hurting/abusing somebody else), then f**k 'em.

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